If your injury is not serious, you can get help from a local Urgent Care Centre, rather than going to an A&E department. This will allow A&E staff to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions and will save you a potentially long wait.
Urgent Care Centres can treat the following:
- Minor Cuts or Wounds
- Sore Throat
- Bites or Stings
- Rashes and Allergic Reactions
- Minor Burns or Scalds
- Abdominal pain (urinary symptoms such as simple urinary tract infections
- Coughs and Colds
- Muscle or Joint Injuries
- Eye Injuries and Infections
- Emergency Contraception
Urgent Care Centres cannot treat:
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Major injuries
- Problems usually dealt with by a GP
- Stomach pains
- Gynaecological problems
- Pregnancy problems
- Allergic reactions
- Alcohol-related problems
- Mental health problems
- Conditions likely to require hospital admission
Urgent Care Centres treat both adults and children.
On arrival at the Urgent Care Centre you will initially be assessed to prioritise the urgency of your illness or injury. You will then be seen by a Doctor or Clinical Nurse Practitioner to complete your episode of care. Urgent Care Centres also offer a range of diagnostic facilities including x-ray, ultrasound and pathology.
Urgent Care Centre in Runcorn
The Urgent Care Centre at Halton Hospital is currently open 8am to 9pm,
7 days a week and is open 365 days a year, including bank holidays.
You can see the live waiting times for the Runcorn Urgent Care Centre
Urgent Care Centre in Widnes
The Urgent Care Centre in Widnes is currently open 8.00am - 8.00pm, 7 days a week and is open 365 days a year, including bank holidays.
Due to COVID-19, this service is currently operating an appointment only system. To book an appointment, please call Widnes Urgent Care Centre direct on 0151 495 5000.
Although booking an appointment at Widnes Urgent Care Centre is currently recommended. Some walk-in patients who fall into a vulnerable group (e.g. elderly, homeless, metal health) will be accepted.
Whilst we understand that the Urgent Care Centre’s are not located in Warrington, they are available for Warrington residents. The centres are available to treat non-emergency medical issues to ensure A&E is available for emergencies.